Understanding Library Acquisition Patterns

Understanding Library Acquisition Patterns

September 06, 2017 | ITHAKA | NEWS

Several years ago, Ithaka S+R began developing a new methodology to gather data about library acquisition patterns. Today, we are excited to announce that we have received support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand this into a large-scale, national study. The project, as it was originally conceived by Joseph Esposito, hoped to gain a better understanding of how distribution channels were changing. Our interest was piqued by the knowledge that libraries were often purchasing publications through Amazon rather than through traditional wholesalers, whose metrics university presses used to gauge their sales to academic libraries. This led to a...

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